College of the Desert

Tel: (760)346-8041
9,719 students
Public institution
COD is a two-year, public institution that provides lower division academic, vocational, and basic skills education. We are a successful college because we make decisions based on a systematic assessment of the needs of the community and the application of our core values.
School Highlights
College of the Desert serves 9,719 students (37% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 48:1 is higher than the state community college average of 45:1.
Minority enrollment is 71% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is equal to the state average of 71%.
College of the Desert is one of 9 community colleges within Riverside County, CA.
The nearest community college is Mayfield College (5.50 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 204 teachers has declined by 15% over five years.
College College of the Desert Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 204 staff
62 staff
College of the Desert Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 9,719 has declined by 6% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 48:1 has increased from 44:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.58 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has declined by 14% over five years.
Total Enrollment 9,719 students 1,371 students
College of the Desert Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 48:1
College of the Desert Student Staff (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 3,613 students
779 students
College of the Desert Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 6,106 students
1,083 students
College of the Desert Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
College of the Desert Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
College of the Desert Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
College of the Desert Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
College of the Desert Black (2006-2014)
% White
College of the Desert White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
College of the Desert More (2010-2014)
% Unknown races
College of the Desert Unknown (2006-2014)
% Non Resident races
College of the Desert Non Resident (2006-2014)
College of the Desert Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.58 0.70
College of the Desert Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,316 is less than the state average of $5,664. The in-state tuition has grown by 27% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $6,832 is less than the state average of $10,360. The out-state tuition has grown by 16% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,316 $5,664
College of the Desert In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,832 $10,360
College of the Desert Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 78%
College of the Desert % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • College of the Desert offers two types of academic tracks; (1) lower division transfer courses required for most majors and professions at four-year universities or colleges and, (2) a wide variety of curricular offerings designed to meet the needs of those preparing for immediate employment, for those who are currently employed and need to upgrade their skills, or for those who are interested in a job retraining program and personal development. The Center for Training and Development provides a variety of unique programs and services designed to assist in the growth and stability of both area businesses and the College itself. The Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts is a nonprofit cultural and educational facility located on College of the Desert's campus. Committed to educational excellence, The Marks Center provides a venue for artistic exploration, experimentation and research. Traditional formats of painting, drawing, sculpture ceramics, photography and printmaking are complemented by contemporary applications in papermaking, book arts, performance and installation arts. College of the Desert is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Nearby Schools

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  • Mayfield College
    Private for-profit
    509 students | 5.50 Mi35-325 Date Palm Dr Ste 101
    Cathedral City CA 92234
  • Kaplan College-Palm Springs
    Private for-profit
    379 students | 8.50 Mi2475 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
    Palm Springs CA 92262
  • 1,652 students | 28.00 Mi6162 Rotary Way
    Joshua Tree CA 92252
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    San Jacinto CA 92583
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    Yucaipa CA 92339
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